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LANSING – Under Music Director Timothy Muffitt, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra makes art out of sheet music, bringing emotion, intensity and passion to the concert hall.
On Feb. 9, when the Symphony presents Tables of Note, the organization will do for table setting what it does for music: elevate it to its highest form. Tables of Note is a new benefit for the LSO that will feature an afternoon tea party, an evening cocktail party, a raffle of enticing items, musical entertainment and the opportunity to view and bid on 24 uniquely decorated tables that celebrate the art of home entertaining.
the event will be a grand new experience for many Lansing area residents and Symphony supporters, according to Tables of Note Co-Chair Kim Hartman.
“We’re offering the community a whole new kind of fundraising event,” Hartman said in a statement. “These tablescapes are a worthy destination on their own, simply as works of art and examples of great creativity and imagination. But we’re also presenting them in a wonderful environment, and we’re bringing people together to enjoy some delicious food and some wonderful music. We know the Orchestra delights the ear, and this February there will be 24 fabulous tables at an all-new event to delight the eye.”
Hartman has worked with Co-Chair Sandy Grettenberger to organize the inaugural event. The Tables of Note committee includes about 15 people who began meeting last spring to select the venue, solicit participation from area designers, create invitations, collect gifts for three raffle baskets, and plan the menu.
The Tables of Note “Raffle of Bliss” will feature three prizes: Indulge Your Appetite, which offers the winner an opportunity to have a gourmet meal for six prepared by Personal Chef Jen Riebow; Adorn Your Walls, which will give the winner a photo shoot by local photographer Penny Melman, a portrait from the shoot, and $200 in custom framing by Roy Saper Galleries; and Pamper Your Body, a collection of personal products and services including a skin care package from Dr. Lee Colony, a gift certificate from Becky Beauchine Kulka Jewerly, five classes and one private lesson from Power Yoga, and hair styling at a local salon. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for five tickets.
The menu at the tea party features assorted teas; assorted scones with preserves, jellies, lemon curd & Devonshire cream; tea sandwiches; chocolate covered strawberries; and lemon cookies/bars. A variety of hors d’oevres will be served at the cocktails party, as well as hand-carved prime rib of beef and turkey, and a selection of pastries.
Musical entertainment will be provided by LSO Harpist Ellen Grafius at the afternoon tea. LSO Bassist Ed Fedewa and LSO Pianist Dennis Therrian will perform during the evening cocktail party.
Timothy Muffitt will serve as the auctioneer. The event will be held at Walnut Hills Country Club and is designed to raise money for the Symphony’s youth and education programs and give Lansing area residents an elegant and innovative party. Individual tickets to the afternoon tea party, which will be held from 2-4 p.m., are $25. Individual tickets to the evening cocktail party, which will be held from 7-10 p.m., are $60.
Tickets are available by calling the Symphony office at (517) 487-5001.